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Pittacum 2017

Pittacum

2017
Bierzo (Spain)

Pittacum was one of the first red wines produced in this group of splendid new Bierzo wines. Old vin...

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£9.51

/ btl 0.75 L

Details for Pittacum 2017

Type

Wine Red Young Crianza

Origin

Grapes

Producer

Alcohol content

14.0%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2017

Review

Pittacum was one of the first red wines produced in this group of splendid new Bierzo wines. Old vines on hillsides, rooted in deep, well-drained and quite fertile soils guarantee restrained strength and the ideal maturity. The winery spent fifteen years studying the qualities of different areas of their estates to find those with the best wine-producing possibilities and to appreciate the true potential of each corner of the landscape.

Bunches of grapes are collected by hand and only the best grapes are selected to be vinified with extreme care and used to produce saignée wine which then ages in oak, sheltered from temperature changes in the stillness of the dark and cool wine cellar. Its time in the bottle smoothes the wine out and rounds off its youthful vigour.

Pittacum has an intense Picota cherry colour and delights with a nose of blue flowers, ripe black plums, shrubland and the freshness of damp soil, tobacco and bay leaves, crumbling stones, and freshly-picked blueberries. Juicy and fresh on the palate with a glowing acidity and enveloping maturity, reminiscent of Indian ink, it fills the mouth with warm and measured tannins while it delights the tongue with a degree of complexity rarely seen in this price range. Just the right amount of dryness leads inevitably to a second sip and its natural freshness suggests it will pair well with many gastronomic dishes. It has a retronasal smell of elegant smoke and hints of fruit which is wilder and even more lively than the first taste. The wine has a certain resilient character reminding us of the first harvests, adding balance and elegance with every vintage. A contemporary reinterpretation of Bierzo wines, it does not hesitate to show the potential of a great grape like the Mencia which expresses itself openly and transmits the elegance of its contemplative ageing in wood. The Mencia can be tasted in every sip of Pittacum, as can the Bierzo landscapes, soils, and climate.

Food pairing

Stewed meats with mushrooms / Pasties / Vegetable casseroles

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 14ºC and 16ºC
  • Decanting:Aeration is recommended

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by: Jaap87 (14 Oct) - Vintage 2017

Very good

Had the Petit Pittacum before from different vintages and that got me hooked on Bierzo wines. Now tried Pittacum proper and found it to be a very good wine. Forest fruits, vanilla, oak. Nice!

by: riotdynamic (05/03/2019) - Vintage 2016

Heady bouquet of alcohol

Greeted by a whiff of alcohol upon opening, bouquet settles towards red berries - red cherries, plum, vanilla (hint), liquorice. Missing some acidity, tannin a little stalky. But for this price, it's good for a nice relaxed evening with no worries in sight. I'll say, give me more.

by: JMD (23/01/2018) - Vintage 2012

Lovely nose, well balanced.

First sampled when on holiday in Spain. Very pleased to be able to buy it for shipment to the UK. Lovely nose, smooth but not sweet, not too oaked, good value.

by: John Oddie (30/12/2017) - Vintage 2012

Lovely big red with mineral notes!

I love this red wine. It has bags of flavour and is strong without that overwhelming sweetness some strong red have. Lovely minerL notss in ths flavour too. Great value for at the price!

by: luisa (30/11/2018) - Vintage 2012

BUENO/ CALIDAD/PRECIO EXCELENTE

ENTRADA EN BOCA FUERTE PERO ES BUENÍSIMO, LO PROBÉ UN DIA DE CASUALIDAD, Y AHORA LO HE PEDIDO PARA CASA. ... REPETIRÉ.

Viñedos y Bodegas Pittacum

Viñedos y Bodegas Pittacum

The Pittacum project started out in 1999 in Arganza, in Bierzo, a Denomination of Origin undergoing rediscovery in the province of León. A deep passion for wine led three associates from Ponferrada to join forces and concentrate on the indigenous black grape variety, Mencía, with the clear intention of showing that their local wines had plenty of personality. A few years later, in 2002, Terras Gauda acquired 65% of the winery. Bodegas Pittacum own 5 hectares of vineyards pl...